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Risk analysis and the selection process

Every year a selection of inspection candidates are chosen by means of a risk analysis selection. This is where risks are identified and selections are then made on the basis of these risks. These are applied to applicants across the country.

There are also a number of inspection candidates selected on a purely random basis.

Currently, farmers selected for inspections may have inspections carried out on one or more of the following areas.

  • Eligibility checks (On land declared)
  • Cross-compliance checks covering the Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs) and Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC).
  • Disadvantaged Areas' Compensatory Allowance Scheme

Eligibility checks must be carried out on 5% of applicants for the Single Payment Scheme. These can be carried out by a Department of Agriculture inspector visiting the holding to establish the area and usage of the land or by means of remote sensing where the area and usage is established by means of satellite imagery and ortho-photography.

Cross-compliance checks covering all the SMRs are required for 1% of applicants. However, 5% of bovine producers and 3% of ovine producers must be inspected under animal identification and registration requirements.

5% of Disadvantaged Areas' Compensatory Allowance Scheme applicants are also checked.

Cross-compliance Inspection Report Forms 2007